About Us

coinSMA is a fully constituted membership society that is recognised by Arts Council England as the Subject Specialist Network for British Archaeology in the UK.


Society for Museum Archaeology Constitution

SMA Committee 2016-17

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Our members are drawn from all over the UK and beyond and consist of museum professionals,  individuals with a keen interest in museum archaeology and a variety of institutions. The Society works collaboratively with a wide variety of other organisations including:

The Society is managed by a committee which consists of a Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, Training Officer and nine ordinary members  as well as co-opted members representing Scotland, Wales,  and Northern Ireland. A further two individuals may also be co-opted to further increase geographical coverage or other professional archaeological organisations and unless already represented, a representative of the Museums Association and of the National Museums may also be co-opted.


  • A two-day annual conference is held in the autumn in a different venue in the UK. It usually addresses a particular theme of topical interest and attracts an excellent range of speakers working in all sectors of archaeology.
  • Occasional day seminars are also arranged to discuss current issues affecting the profession. These are often held jointly with other organisations, such as the Archaeological Archives Forum.
  • A programme of practical training sessions and workshops are held throughout the year. They are usually led by members of the society in their own museums, or by specialists working in a particular field.
  • SMA publishes ‘The Museum Archaeologist’  which contains papers from conference proceedings and  a twice yearly electronic newsletter containing news, reviews, details of forthcoming events and short articles.
  • The Society also publishes a variety of monographs relating to its work in developing awareness of museum archaeology issues, professional standards  and guidelines

To promote the interests of archaeology in museums throughout the United Kingdom